The Saint – Wanted for Murder, The Further Adventures of The Saint by Leslie Charteris, Triangle Books 1943 hardcover, mystery stories
Wanted for Murder was first published in the United States in August 1931, part of an ongoing series of novels and novellas by Charteris featuring the adventures of his Robin Hood-inspired crimefighter, Simon Templar, alias The Saint.
The book holds an unusual place in the Charteris canon as it featured the first American publication of the stories contained in Featuring the Saint and Alias the Saint, thin books which were published in the UK in 1931 by Hodder and Stoughton. In most cases, The Crime Club, an imprint of Doubleday, simply published American editions of the Saint books (occasionally retitled), but this was the first — and only — occasion on which The Crime Club chose not to publish two of Charteris’ books, instead deciding to combine them into an American-only omnibus release. The book was later republished by Triangle Books (Sun Dial Press) in 1943 with this title.
I really enjoyed this one, each story pulled me right in, the character is as outwardly insouciant as ever, but always involved in his scheme du jour in such a way as to defeat both the bad guys and the authorities, though in one of the stories, it’s a very near thing indeed. A welcome change from much of the current day gritty mystery novel.